Let Them Eat Cake

A World Apart

I have just started to read Annette Vallon .  This is a  tale set against the turmoil of the French Revolution.  It follows the life of the mistress and muse of poet William Wordsworth, a surgeon’s pampered daughter who transitions into a headstrong adventurer struggling with mental instability.

I have really only just started to read but already it is proving to be fascinating. In it, and through it, I am learning much about that time.

But as I read it I remembered a movie I saw 12 years ago.The movie showed another side of the French Revolution; as seen through the eyes of a servant.

In the movie, we are shown behind the facades of the royal palaces where fleeing is on everyone’s mind, including Queen Marie Antoinette and her entourage.  The story is told through the eyes of Sidonie Laborde, one of her ladies-in-waiting. Sidonie is the Queen’s reader and has become quite intimate with…

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